AP Photo/Toru Hanai
AP Photo/Toru Hanai

Blondin achieves fifth consecutive gold medal at the ISU Speed Skating World Cup

Ivanie Blondin secured her fifth consecutive gold medal in record timing at the ISU Speed Skating World Cup on Saturday during the 3000-metre event in Nagano, Japan alongside Isabelle Weidemann who claimed bronze for a double podium.

Blondin set a new track record of 4:00.243 seconds for the 3000-metre event to claim her gold medal. She defeated the previous record by more than three seconds. All of Blondin’s wins this season come in different disciplines – the 5000m, 1500m, Team Pursuit, Mass Start, and now the 3000m.

Weidemann also reached the podium in the 3000m, winning the bronze medal for an exciting double podium finish. Her time of 4:03.051s put her behind former record holder from the Czech Republic, Martina Sáblíková (4:01.976s).

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The men’s Team Pursuit also secured a bronze medal on Saturday. The squad consisting of Ted-Jan Bloemen, Graeme Fish, Jordan Belchos and Tyson Langelaar finished the race in 3:44.876s. Russia took home gold (3:43.939s) and Japan secured silver (3:42.999s).

Since he previously won a bronze in Team Sprint on Friday, this was also a historic moment for Langelaar because no Canadian man has previously medalled in both team events in the same competition.

The competition concludes on Sunday with the second ladies’ 500m, the ladies Team Pursuit and the men’s 1000m and 5000m events.